Govt asks poultry farmers to vaccinate chickens
MULTAN: The Punjab government on Tuesday has asked poultry farmers and the department concerned to vaccinate chickens to stop bird flu, which was first detected in South Asia and Karachi, from spreading in the province.
“This epidemic has not been detected in Punjab because we have banned poultry movement from Karachi as a preventive measure,” said Federal Livestock Minister Sikandar Hayat Bosan. He added that the government had directed the livestock and poultry development staff to remain vigilant.
Panic spread in Punjab after hearing the outbreak of the epidemic in Karachi. People have started avoiding chickens, resulting in the price fall of live chicken from Rs 60 to Rs 50 per kilogramme while egg prices fell from Rs 40 per dozen to Rs 28 per dozen. Punjab Caterers Association President Saeed Ahmed Khan said that many people had asked caterers to replace their chicken orders with mutton for their feasts.